HILLSBORO—The Swedes women's basketball team faced off with a very tough No. 3 College of the Ozarks on Saturday in the second game of the Tabor Classic. Bethany came up short in the contest, falling to the Bobcats 74-64.
After trading baskets in the first part of the quarter, the Bobcats would take their final lead early on. Bethany was able to keep Ozark's lead contained until the Bobcats nailed three three-pointers in a row to push their lead to double digits. Ozarks finished the first quarter, maintaining that double-digit advantage. From there, the Swedes came out with the hot hands in the second quarter working to cut the lead to a manageable number. Bethany was able to do just that multiple times, but Bethany then went on a three-minute scoring drought to give the Bobcats plenty of time to regain their offensive footing. Ozarks then used that momentum to push their lead to 43-28 going into the break. The third quarter saw a lot of back and forth play with neither team grabbing at the momentum and pulling it in their favor. After 10 minutes, the Bobcats' advantage was added to but just one point. The Swedes worked their hot hand in the fourth quarter cutting the Bobcat advantage to under 10 for the first time since early in the game. However, Bethany was not able to complete the comeback falling in the contest 74-64.
Autumn Garrett, freshman guard, once again led things for Bethany with 15 points. Lauren Welsch, junior guard, recorded 14 points and three assists. Finally, Hannah Ferguson, sophomore center, added 10 points and five rebounds to the mix. As a team, the Swedes shot 33.9 percent from the field and went 5 for 16 from long range. Bethany pulled down 28 rebounds compared to Ozark's 34.
Up Next . . .
The Swedes return home on Wednesday, Nov. 13 to face McPherson College in the KCAC opener. Tipoff for this conference match is set for 6 p.m. inside Hahn Gymnasium.